Nap Time and Too Many Children on Parade

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cot sheet for Vivian Rose, made of heavy pink twill with a border of Children on Parade by Michael Miller

Valentine NEWSFLASH!!! Sarah Jane, the fabric designer for Children on Parade and many other adorable prints, has posted on her blog a downloadable PDF for an absolutely adorable, printable (4 to a sheet) kids’ Valentine card. With Olympic hearts and a gold chocolate coin taped to the back, it will delight all your children’s friends. Check it out here.  Thanks, Mary Sue, for the link!~~~~~~~

Our 13 month old granddaughter, Vivian Rose, is now enrolled at a Montessori school two days a week.   After the first day, I called her mother, my Rebecca, to see how it went.  When she said it hurt to hear Baby Girl wailing as she did, I sympathized and said it must have been hard to leave her.

“NO!” Rebecca said. “She cried and cried when I picked her up! She didn’t want to leave!  When I dropped her off she gave me not a single backward glance and toddled off to the play area.  That hurt a little.”  Vivian Rose is one independent little girl.


The font is JuJu's Sugar and Spice. Isn't it so cute?

The font is JuJu’s Sugar and Spice. Isn’t it so cute?  The set comes with numerals, upper case and lower case in 3″, 5″ and 6″ sizes.  The letters had to be staggered in order to fit in my largest (8″ x 12″) Brother Quattro hoop.


But like all of the “Ones” in her baby class, she has a scheduled nap time.   For that, Rebecca asked for a personalized cot sheet, much like those I had made for Big Brother Alastair and his friend Carson.

My Oh My, so sew much drama ensued.

But first, I have to ask if you have seen this most adorable dress made by Cheryle Cole-Bennett whose facebook page is  SeeSeeMe Custom Designs.



The fabric is Michael Miller’s Children on Parade.

Just look at the back of this sweet, fun little dress.  And notice the whimsical, childish print.  Are you seeing the connection to the cot sheet?




Cheryle also has an etsy shop here, with just a few of her designs.  Cheryle is a frequent contributor at (sign up if you haven’t already) and everyone rushes to see her posts with photos of her latest projects.  Her designs and projects are without exception, exceptional.

A few months ago, one of her projects was featured on this blog, Spectacularly Made by Cheryle-Cole Bennett.  And she is a nice as she is talented and creative.    But back to Vivian Rose’s cot sheet.  This is going to take a while.

When I saw this dress, it was love at first sight for me.   AND I have the out-of-print Children’s Corner Jenni Leigh pattern!


Jenni Leigh patt


I rushed to to buy the fabric–3 yds. seemed like a good prime number for this prime Michael Miller print.  (That was fabric order #1.)


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Children on Parade close up


Next, I rushed to my go-to-on-line source, Farmhouse Fabrics to order the covered gingham buttons and matching piping.  Because I knew I would have extra fabric, I bought 20 buttons along with 10 yds. of matching piping.  (That was notions order #1).  Then I would have more options for the leftover fabric.  Tasks completed, I concentrated on pampering my dear husband who is recovering from knee replacement surgery.

WHOA!!!  Back at the computer on a break from pampering, I read a post by another reader, also smitten with Cheryle’s Children on Parade dress.    She had ordered  Children on Parade   from in the same rush, but, alas, her’s arrived with a distinctly ivory background.  YIKES!  I went back to and sure enough, the description reads “ivory background.”  Normally, I like an ivory background, but the piping and buttons I had just ordered have a white background.  And Cheryle’s fabric background looks white.

Even though the first order was on its way, I was driven, a woman on a mission.  I wanted Vivian Rose to have a dress just like Cheryle’s, one with a white background.   I MUST make her a dress just like Cheryle’s with the white background.

So I went to another site for Children on Parade.  The background color was not listed, but surely it must be white.  Three yards please.  But as I scurried away from the computer to get my guy’s ice pack and iced tea, the site had disappeared.  The fabric order (#2) did not seem to go through.  RATS!!!

Off I went to a lovely site which I had never before visited, Hawthorne Threads.  YES!!!  They have the fabric!  3 yards please (fabric order #3).  Now, surely I had all my ducks in a row, all the required goods headed to Janice’s Pretty Good Sewing Room (Remember Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery Store from Garrison Keeler’s Tales from Lake Wobegone?).

The same day the order (order #1) arrived, so did the buttons and piping from Farmhouse.    Uh…newsflash.  The Children on Parade background seemed to be quite white and the dark aqua buttons and piping I ordered were too dark.  The light aqua is what was needed.

Now, if you have suffered with me through this never ending saga you can guess that I ordered another 20 buttons and 10 yds. of piping from Farmhouse.  But you might not know that fabric order #2 did go through and both it and #3 arrived promptly.  All with white background.

Now, I am the proud owner of 40 aqua gingham buttons, 20 yards of aqua piping and 9 yds. of this charming fabric, which, by the way, is a double border.  That translates to 18 yds. of  this cute print and so many children I can’t even count them.  All this to make a size 18 months dress requiring 1.25 yds., 6 buttons and maybe a yard of piping.

So what was I to do?  And here is the connection.  Remember that Rebecca wanted a cot sheet for Vivian Rose?  Aha!  Suddenly, Children on Parade seemed perfect for this project.  This nursery school bedding used just 24 of my 648″ of border.  But it’s a start. (Note to self: quit wondering why our 3 car garage is filled with fabric.)

So in my future, I see a lot of Children on Parade Little Dresses for Africa.  Also, at least one dress per year for Vivian Rose (but only until she goes to high school), perhaps  pillowcases, baby gifts, whatever.  But I do have what I need to make a dress just like Cheryle’s and it made a cute little cot sheet.  Still,  that’s a lot of drama and a lot of fabric for one tiny frock.

Please go see Cheryle at, at  and atSewForum under the user name ccb.  You will love what you see.

P.S.  Now, after my three fabric orders have arrived, has this print ON SALE.  groannnnn…  I’m thinking about ordering the on sale coordinating balloon fabric.

23 responses to “Nap Time and Too Many Children on Parade

  1. I found your saga of the Children on Parade dress hilarious, but oh too familiar. That fabric is designed by Sarah Jane,, and I fell in love with another fabric line of hers that is nautical in theme. I had no particular project in mind, just a desperate need to accumulate some of everything I like in the collection. Warning, her latest fabric line Wee Wander will make you dizzy with inspiration.

  2. Mary Sue, I’m happy to know you can commiserate with my drive and passion to lay hands on a fabric which calls my name. I will admit to already purchasing some of the Wee Wanderer fabric with one of my orders for Children on Parade, I am very apprehensive about clicking on the link you so cautiously provided! But where’s the harm in just taking a peek?

  3. Terrific story, even better dress! I think I still have that pattern in my CC collection. I was thinking that it is A-line, if so, was it an issue working with the border print. It is really cute fabric and definitely worth your talented efforts!

  4. from Martha Pullen forum: Just too funny, Janice! The dress is lovely … I can see why you wanted to make one for Vivian Rose.

    Please note: As a public service to those of you desirous of making dresses for a little girl, but don’t have one of your own — I generously offer up my gorgeous little granddaughter as a possible recipient of your creations. I know … I know … but some of us are just called upon to sacrifice . LOL!

  5. What a generous, thoughtful public servant you are, MoDo! Readers, please forward pictures of the beautiful creations you are offering to MoDo’s gorgeous little granddaughter. I will…um….screen them..yes, that’s what I will do…. as to size (any 2’s?) and suitability before sending the info off to MoDo. Sure I will.

  6. Janice! Y’all are a riot! I LOVE Sarah Jane’s illustrations/fabric. The reverse knot dress with embroidered apron I made for Joy a year or so ago was all her fabric and embroidery. Though I usually buy by-the-project and not for stash, I also couldn’t resist some of her gorgeous nautical prints for a possible future sailor dress. Now I’m going to be a spoilsport and tell you that the reason I never bought this particular print is because of the little girl with the flag – her hair and her flag are blowing opposite directions. Silly, I KNOW. But it bothers me.

  7. Janice, this is a hoot! You are so kind with your comments. I also had to chuckle to see that within a week of the post of this dress, went from something like 440 yards down to well under 200 yards. I see you did your part! Can’t wait to see your dress. No doubt it will be gorgeous.

    Btw, I also have the nautical print in my stash. I’m seeing an Olebelhe Miranda or Lindsay or maybe another altered Taylor….

    Thank you again for your support and encouragement. It means a lot to me.

  8. Oh, dear me, Jo! I never noticed the hair/flag flying in opposite directions! No, NO! I refuse to believe it and will not be looking carefully for a detail that normally would have jumped right out at me. Cheryle’s dress blinded me to this flaw (also to reason in my frenzied pursuit of the fabric.) I have thought this over and have chosen to remain blind. It stands to reason that you would notice this. Remember when you alerted me to the lace beading hole I skipped when weaving ribbon through the collar on Laurel’s Christmas dress a few years back? I could fix that. This can only be fixed in my mind with a blind eye of denial.

  9. Cheryle, you really should be getting a percentage of these Children on Parade sales! is now down to 158 yds. from 440 a few days ago! Fabric lines will be calling you to make samples so they will have sales like this! I’m doing my level best not to look at the nautical print. I won’t look. I won’t look. I won’t look.

  10. Love the sheet, and the children border fabric. I am smiling at your story. I have been driven to similar fabric madness on occasion! I had one very sweet baby print that I savoured for years, before finally cutting into it for a very special friend. And the minute I did, I was off on a frantic search to find more of that wonderful OOP fabric. And I did… And now it is aging in the stash. I love that fabric, but didn’t buy any yet. On sale eh?

  11. MP forum: Darling fabric — and it’s a good thing, since you have enough to clothe the entire class! Love the saga.

  12. MP forum: I am still giggling!! I’m sure many of us can relate to what you’ve described. I’m guilty of similar actions on more than one occasion. I agree, I love the fabric (will check out and the dress (I have the OOP pattern, too!)…now I just need the little girl!! The sheet turned out great and she’ll be the envy of all her classmates. Thanks for sharing the project AND the experience.

  13. MP forum: Just too funny, Janice! The dress is lovely … I can see why you wanted to make one for Vivian Rose.

    Please note: As a public service to those of you desirous of making dresses for a little girl, but don’t have one of your own — I generously offer up my gorgeous little granddaughter as a possible recipient of your creations. I know … I know … but some of us are just called upon to sacrifice . LOL!

  14. from MP forum: And of MoDo’s granddaughter is too young or old, I have a delightful 5 year old and and darling 2 1/2 week old that would be willing to accept as well!

  15. from MP Forum: I loved your story, bit of a glum day here so it was nice to laugh out loud! You and Mizlilly are the two women I know who will literally go to the ends of the earth to get exactly what you want for a project and then probably have more than enough. I see a move to a house with a four car garage in your future!

    The cot sheet is really cute; I had to make something like it one time for Annie when she went to pre-school for the first time. It was more a sleeping bag thing without any batting, just two layers stitched together. No lining allowed. And, it had to be made of blue denim and no decorative touches. Strict rules by the school. I cheated and did a tone on tone decorative stitch around the very top fold; no one said a thing about it. One of the worst projects I have ever done, the fabric was boring, the project was boring and it brought no excitement to little Annie. I know Vivian had to be very excited about her cot sheet. And I can’t wait to see the dress; the one you posted was wonderfully thought out with beautiful detailing. I rarely go to Sew Forum but when I do I always search out the project section.

  16. from MP forum: Gosh, I owned a school for 20 years and never thought about parents bringing their own covers. I made over 100 of these and washed-dried them on site. We even provided the blankets, although a few parents did supply those for their children. We still washed and dried those too. We were constantly doing laundry. I LOVE that fabric!

  17. Machine designs with yo-yos sounds interesting. Really enjoy reading your blog. Thanks…

  18. Joann, I’m happy to read that you enjoy reading this blog. I do enjoy writing it and hearing from readers. The yo-yo designs have been sent. Happy sewing!

  19. Love the quilts and would like to try the yo-yos. Never have much luck make them before.

  20. B Jones, the designs have been sent. I bet you will find these yo-yo’s much easier than those made the traditional way.

  21. I have the Children at play fabric and I have the Pattern Jenni Leigh . When I laid ther pattern down I could not get it to line up wright. Because the bottom of the pattern has a curve to it. Can you tell me how to line the pattern on the fabric. I Love the dress, and I would love to make it.

  22. Gail, the curve at the hem of Jenni Leigh worried me too, but on the size I made (18 months or 2–can’t remember) the curve was slight. The print of the children was not absolutely parallel to the cut finished hem, but it was not noticeable. I fussed and fussed with the layout, trying to get the children lined up but was never successful. I think perfect match up is most likely to happen on larger sizes. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it! Good luck! Even without the perfect match up, the dress is darling–my daughter’s favorite for her little one. Vivian Rose completely wore it out and my daughter put it on her even with stains, which she has never done before. It’s a fabulous little dress, thanks to Cheryle Cole-Bennett.

  23. Thank you so much I am going to make this dress . I love the dress with this fabric.

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